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Delhi: A Mughal CityWhen one hears the word Delhi, the first images that pop into our heads is that of the red forts and people. It is a city or a region as it is now, which comprises of many other cities. The National Capital Region is made up of the cities of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and other surrounding towns. All in all, there are more than 20 million residents in these cities. If you are tired of the constant movement and the non-stop life of Mumbai they can head on over to the city of Delhi.
Filled with history and culture, intertwining in a way which makes this city extremely unique, there is a charm to this city which can woo visitors. Delhi is a place where one can enjoy foods from various parts of the country. One can enrich their taste buds in Mughal cuisine and a mix of foods whose flavours collide to form the fusion that is served in all parts of the city. One can also visit various buildings and monuments in and around the city. They can also get a look at how the locals have adapted to the existence of these buildings as a part of their livelihood in an intrepid manner.
Some places, which are unique to Delhi and are definitely worth a visit, are:
Red Fort: The most iconic monument in the city, it was an erstwhile home of the Mughals for over 200 years until 1856. It was the base of operations of the former Mughal Empire; today it houses many museums and is a very popular tourist place. It is said to be one of the best-designed forts and monuments in the world, the fort marked the zenith of creativity of the Mughal era. It is a remnant of what it once was after various plunders and revolts robbed the fort of its artwork and destroyed parts of it. Despite that, it still remains a great place to visit and the nation’s prime minister often addresses the nation from this fort.
Jama Masjid: One of the largest mosques in the country, it was built during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century. Designed to accommodate more than 25000 people, it still functions to this day. The mosque has since lost some sheen and grandeur, yet it still stands as an imposing structure reminding us of the greatness of the once massive Mughal Empire. It is a very popular tourist attraction and it is flocked by thousands of visitors each year.
The Mughal influence on this city is evident, in the buildings and the cuisine and the lifestyles of the people; there is an imprint which is deeply rooted in the heart of the city. The once shining empire has since crumbled, but its monuments remain and remind us of the greatness of that time period. So if you are looking to learn more about this culture and enjoy the savoury food, you should check the Mumbai to Delhi flights schedule and book the nearest flights you can. It is all waiting for you and all you need to do is catch a plane.